Style Saturdays – Lola and grandson’s day out in the city

The Urban MA blog Melbourne City

Trams, Christmas trees, coffee and Melbourne’s famous laneways. A wedding at the Grand Hyatt Hotel prompted us to book a room and have an impromptu staycation in the most liveable city in the world.

With so many merry things to see and do (most of them free! – see my previous blog post here), Daniel and Lola’s (grandma in Filipino) outfits of the day were comfy and chic. A waterproof jacket just in case it started raining – Melbourne often experiences 4 seasons in a day, and a spare pair of flats for Lola to change in to after walking for hours takes a toll on her feet.

Styling Daniel waiting for the tramDaniel absolutely loves catching trains and trams! 

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City Square Christmas SquareDaniel – Jacket (not sure where this is from!), checkered shirt (H&M), mustard jeans (Target), boots (Zara). Lola – sunnies (Tiffany & Co), dress (TopShop), bag (Gucci), bracelets (Tiffany & Co and Pandora)
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Sunday Sessions – This place along the Yarra has pop up restaurants, live music, sports and beanbags!

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Sunday chill sessions with Master D

Last week while waiting for his daddy to finish his DJ photoshoot, Master D and I came across some acoustic live music, a nice patch of green grass with pop up restaurants bordering this lounge area by the Yarra.

It was Crown’s alfresco kitchen and sportshub with a little something for everyone to enjoy while taking in gorgeous views of Melbourne city, the latest sports news, music performances or just spending time with friends or family.

Master D promptly asked for ice cream as soon as he saw some people with theirs so we bought a cup and relaxed on the lounge chairs and beanbags. A great way to watch the world go by and be courtside with the Aus Open!

Pop ups include:

The Merrywell
Gradi
Sho dumpling
– Ice cream from Movenpick and crepes from Crown’s banquet.

Drinks-wise you’ll have it covered with these bars:
Heineken, Canadian Club, Pimms and the Moet & Chandon Bar

Open during the summer see here for times and details.
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Life Lately #3 – Simple Living

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Fed Square – Melbourne’s meeting place, Parent’s retreat at Melbourne Central – I always look out for these now! It’s such a relief as soon as you enter one of these lol!, Melbourne’s street art, a day at the Melbourne Zoo, Spring st, lunch catchup at Oriental Spoon, the Little Library where borrowing books works on honesty, The Catholic Guy (TCG) event, Chinatown architecture, pretty boutique,  Laurent (I LOVE the almond croissants from this place!), the view of our apartment, Melbourne Central, Collins st buildings, Plantation choc and caramel tart (YUM!!), cafe life – Brother Bada Budan

Melbourne Moments

Still playing tourist as our floorboards are repaired. I’m going to miss living in the city where all I have to do is catch the lift downstairs  and walk out to meet the myriad of cafes and eateries that await me. Even though I have lived here all my life, over the past month and a half I have seen new things everyday that I had never noticed before. It pays to look up at the beautiful buildings and it pays to look sideways into the many lane ways that service Melbourne’s businesses for you never know what Melbourne secrets you just might discover.

During the past couple of weeks I also attended 4 out of the 5 event nights that TCG ran at our local church. It was an amazing event and Bruce was such an engaging speaker making well known readings and stories more relevant to our everyday lives. It was an inspiring set of talks that encouraged us to live well and go for our dreams all whilst putting God in the centre of our lives.  I bought a few books after the talks and below is an extract that I found in one of the books called “The Power of Simple Living”.

What would be the best gift we could give our children?

I think it would be the strength to live

simpler lives: the ability to find the greatest

joy in God’s small quiet gifts rather than in

prestige and money. What good does all our

busyness do, if our children do not know how to

All Postsappreciate a sunset or truly taste a sun-warmed

strawberry? But this is a gift we must first unwrap

ourselves. We cannot hope to give it to our

children in an e-mail we send them between

appointments at the office.

-Sadie Millhouse-

It really is the simple things in life that can be the source of happiness but do you take the time to appreciate these little things or are we  all too busy wanting to buy things we don’t need? One of the goals I set at the start of this year is to have a “shopping-free” month i.e. I must not make any impulse purchases or buy that pair of shoes I really “need’ or purchase that jumper that’s on sale! I really need to stick to my budget and hopefully after a month of not buying anything other than the grocery essentials I’ll get rid of some bad habits!

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Life Lately #2 – Playing tourist


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Melbourne’s Hosier Lane, along St Kilda Road, photoshoot in Essendon, wedding dress shopping along High st Armadale, lunch with friends in Madame Brussels Lane, lifts – first time mums love seeing this! 😉 dinner with friends and amazing dumplings at HuTong, lunch catch ups at the Asian Beer Cafe, vegan and gluten-free chocolate cake at Invita Cafe, at Queen Victoria Market, chillin at RMIT, church, window shopping along Bourke St mall, the Basement, QV, Saxony launch of Katsutoshi Yuasa art pieces, Nam Loong’s buns along Russell st, fresh new floorboards, Mr Burger at Therry st, wandering 

My Week in Pictures

Currently reading: topics on clean eating, cleaning, baby development, Melbourne’s history, council news, volunteering, beauty (sulphate and paraben free products), parenting

Currently eating: way too much sugar than I should

Need to work on: budgeting, decluttering, updating the blog design, getting more toned especially the butt and belly, a couple of dance projects, organising more date nights, weaning, baby-proofing the house now that commando-type crawling has begun!, using my calendar, cooking at home (been eating out too much lately)

Food, friends, family and lots of walking is how I spent the last few days of April/early May. Try playing tourist some time and experience Melbourne in a different way. We have such a beautiful city.  One thing I have found though is that “prammimg” it around the CBD means a constant battle of trying to avoid the clouds of smoke that hang at every entrance and exit. I feel so bad for poor little bubba and try to steer his pram a different direction any time I can. I have also found that quite a few places and shops do not have ramp access…hmphh! The food and coffee definitely make up for it though so for now Melbourne I forgive you, but you seriously need to do something about being more pram/baby-friendly.

On another note being 6 months post par tum I need to really get back to the gym so I can continue to eat ice-cream every night! More posts up on that later. Perhaps a fitness challenge is a coming ? I miss the days when we were training for Tough Mudder.

What was your favorite thing about your week?